E.L. Doctorow on Bush


To the Editor:

Among the sea of smears on John Kerry by the Republican right wing, none
is more absurd than the charge that John Kerry is a “liberal weak on
terrorism.” John Kerry is a true war hero. He had the courage to come
home and try to end another corrupt war we now know to be based on lies.
Kerry’s prewar cautions against invading Iraq are confirmed everyday;
the diasppearance of a massive cache of explosives in Iraq that we were
warned long ago to protect,is still another in the long chain of excuses
and failures to protect the nation against terrorism by the Bush
administration. John Kerry wisely voted against the $87 Billion giveaway
to Haliburton, disguised by Bush as “support for our troops.” Haliburton
is soon to be investigated again, by the Army Corps of Engineers Mr.
Kerry has the respect of world leaders needed to marshal international
forces in the fight against the terrorist threat. Bush has shattered the
world’s trust, and is despised worldwide for his destructive arrogance.
The threat to democracy Bush now poses was detailed long ago in Walter
Lippmann’s 1954 masterpiece, THE PUBLIC PHILOSOPHY. Lippman’s
predictions sadly have come true.

John Kerry is also a conservative in the true American sense. He will
work to save Medicare, Social Security, our constitutional rights, and
the environment – the earth we walk on and the air we breathe – which
have been assaulted under Bush. In the Vietnam war where Kerry
distinguished himself, Bush was effectively a draft-dodger, with a
history of drug abuse, who never even fulfilled his Guard
responsibilities. To call Bush a conservative is an illusion. He is a
“tax-and-spend radical” ruining our country, bankrupting the federal
government, and lining the pockets of the wealthy few. His Iraq disaster
has made the terrorism problem worse. Bush has embarrassed and shamed
our nation before the world. September 11th happened on HIS watch. For
the sake of our future and the world’s furture, on November 2nd, he
should be removed from office. We need John Kerry in the White House to
restore our nation’s prosperity, health, and dignit.

Jim Harris, Ph.D.